As we move to part three of the “Top 5” series, we encounter some of the most celebrated New York Knicks of all-time. The small forward position requires its player to be versatile and have the ability to create shots off the dribble or through pick-and-rolls. The Knicks have hosted a myriad of great small forwards, and some of the greatest threes once wore the coveted orangle-and-blue.
5. Willie Naulls
Willie Naulls was an original Knickerbocker and he was one of the team’s most prolific scorers. Naulls was originally drafted by the St. Louis Hawks, but he was traded to the New York Knicks early in his rookie season. Naulls spent seven seasons in Manhattan, and he emerged as one of the best players in the league.
Although Naulls never won an NBA championship in New York, his stellar performances throughout the years has earned him a spot on many franchise record lists. Naulls led the team in rebounding for four seasons and he was the team’s leading scorer in the 1960-1961 season. In his seven campaigns with the Knicks, Willie Naulls averaged 19.3 points per game and an incredible 11.6 rebounds per game.
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